Trinidad multinationals and their effect on caribbean regionalization

Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Latin American and Caribbean Studies

First Advisor's Name

Anthony Maingot

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Irma De Alonso

Third Advisor's Name

Carl Cira

Date of Defense



The purpose of the thesis was to first, document the expansion of Trinidad's business sector and then to probe the implications of this expansion on Caribbean regionalization. The variables analyzed were physical expansion, technology and development and community involvement.

The methodological approach used first, a theoretical approach based on the New Regionalism Approach (NRA) which best accounts for non-state actors (multinationals) and their role in the scheme of regionalization. Second, interviews were conducted with leaders of the major multinationals in Trinidad to ascertain their opinion on the role of multinationals in the regionalization process.

Based on the case studies analyzed, namely Royal Bank Group of Companies and Trinidad Cement Holdings Limited, the findings of the thesis indicate that Trinidad multinationals are helping the process of Caribbean regionalization and consider themselves regional rather than national entities. It can be concluded that the growth of Trinidad multinationals will continue to be integral to the economic integration of the region.



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